Friends find a fundrais­ing niche

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HAV­ING out­grown uni­ver­sity fundrais­ers but not quite ready to com­mit to $350-a-plate char­ity din­ners, three 20-some­thing pro­fes­sion­als de­cided to take mat­ters into their own hands.

Friends from Uni­ver­sity of WA Daryl Tan, Lau­ren Chalmers and Nikki Gra­ham will launch fundrais­ing so­cial club HopeEatGive at Steves Fine Wine & Food in Ned­lands this Satur­day.

“We were get­ting cof­fee in the city last year, talk­ing about how frus­trat­ing it was that we weren’t in­volved in char­ity events like we used to be,” Pep­per­mint Grove lo­cal Ms Chalmers (26) said.

“Our op­tions were ei­ther uni­ver­sity movie nights with a can of coke, or ex­pen­sive galas with high-pro­file busi­ness peo­ple. It seemed like there was no mid­dle ground.

“The flex­i­bil­ity of fo­cus­ing on dif­fer­ent char­i­ties will en­sure it doesn’t be­come for­mu­laic,” the prop­erty lawyer said.

“Our first event is a cock­tail party, but maybe the next thing will be a break­fast or a for­mal din­ner.”

Mr Tan said HopeEatGive was not only about rais­ing money and so­cial­is­ing.

“We have a cou­ple of guest speak­ers, so our events will be about giv­ing peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about and connect to dif­fer­ent so­cial is­sues,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved is def­i­nitely young at heart, ide­al­is­tic and pas­sion­ate about be­ing in­volved in any ca­pac­ity to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d434637

HopeEatGive founders Daryl Tan, Lau­ren Chalmers and Nikki Gra­ham.

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